NORTH Korea has reportedly threatened the UK after claiming Kim Jong-un was behind the NHS cyber attack.
Britain’s Security Minister Ben Wallace yesterday said the Government believed “quite strongly” that Pyongyang was responsible for the “WannaCry” ransomware attack.
Kim Jong-un has responded to claims by Britain’s security minister that North Korea was behind the NHS cyber attack
But today North Korea has responded to the claims, blasting it as an “attempt to incriminate the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK]”.
A statement posted on Twitter by Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Cheng, citing the Korean Central News Agency, read: “The UK has made another attempt to incriminate the DPRK as a cyber-criminal. This is an act beyond the limit of our tolerance.
“The DPRK has clarified our principled stand, on every opportune occasion, to oppose terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
“We have expressed sincere sympathy and condolences to the UK when its citizens fell victim to terrorist attack.
Britain Security Minister certain that a foreign power was behind the attack
“It does not make any sense that the DPRK which gives the…priority to…health…would carry out a cyber-attack on the UK health service.
“The UK, if it is a law-governed state, should seriously reflect on its despicable moves to damage the image of the DPRK.”
The incendiary comments came 24 hours after a watchdog warned hackers could down the NHS again unless it gets its act together.
Hospitals and GP surgeries across England and Scotland were among at least 16 health organisations hit by a so-called ‘ransomware’ attack in May.
The cyber attack disabled NHS computer systems across the country
Thousands of patients were turned away and appointments cancelled as the ‘WannaCry’ virus scrambled data on computers.
Hackers demanded up to £500 to allow staff back onto their systems.
Tory MP Mr Wallace said the attack could have been motivated by an attempt by North Korea to access foreign funds.
He said the regime has been “potentially linked to other attacks about raising foreign currency”.
Microsoft president Brad Smith two weeks ago pointed the finger at Kim Jong Un’s secretive state – calling for a ‘new digital Geneva Convention’ to put an end to state-sponsored cyber attacks.
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